Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4) | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4)Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4)

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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Docer on 01-25-2012

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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 243
Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.5 finger off white head on a pale golden hazy body. Average head retention.

S: very spicey, lots of citrus and some pine and malt notes.

T: Very nice fruity and pine hop flavor with herbal notes including juniper, clove and rosemary and an excellent oak note. Light peppercorn.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very smooth.

Overall: I really liked this one. I would like to get my hands on more. Complex aroma and flavor. Very nice.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/25/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, tea leaves, and an assortment of spices. These spice aromas are pretty in your face and somewhat jarring really. Taste is a bit more balanced with citrus zest, astringent tea, and the spice flavors that linger on the tongue long after each sip. These spices create a medicinal type of bitterness that coats the mouth. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA with an interesting twist but the spices are a bit more up front than I was expecting.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - a single from a grocery store somewhere in the lurid heart of Waikiki.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of thinly foamy white head, which leaves an array of islet speck lace around the glass as it readily settles.

It smells strongly of tropical fruit - overripe pineapple, guava, and mango - with a green, bitter herbal character, over some mildly caramelized pale malt, and a menthol-esque booze edge. The taste is a little more herbal than in the aroma, with more of the grainy malt poking through as well, amongst a slow-burning peppery note, and slipping exotic fruitiness.

The carbonation is moderate, the body a stolid medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes a bit more clearly hoppy, the fruit and bitterness consolidating, and the herbal spice looking in from the outside.

A bit of a confusing, bric-a-brac of a beer. The flavours are there, they're good, and they hold their liquor, but there's a lack of order, and with no order, where are we? Whatever, I like it, and would indeed have another.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass you get a big white head above a clear honey golden colored beer, with a lacing that has pretty good staying power.

Nutmeg, pumpkin spices, maybe other cooking spices dominate the aroma on this medium bodied drink.

The spices are less dominating in the taste but still there, the hops starts to come through some, and they seem to be more of the citrusy west coast style hops.

A light spice is still lingering in the aftertaste that is lightly dry and lasting.

I kind of liked this, a toned down pumpkin or spiced fall beer adding that to an IPA style. Hopefully more companies try stuff similar to this.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this brew last night. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a small, diminishing white head. A bit of lace, though not too much. The nose carries some heavy spicing plus some hops. I get something akin to a sage character out of it, and I can't say that I enjoy it all that much.

The flavor has the same character as the nose. There's a bit of a sharp spiciness to it that overwhelms the hops that are present. The heavy spicing is really prevalent in the feel, which is dry and a bit astringent. Others were a bigger fan than me, but I really could not get into this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured one and a half bottles into an imperila nonic with a clear light to medium golden with a great looking sticky one finger white head that never really settled ,a nice rocky mass is still there over five minutes after the pour.Mainly spice in the nose wich isn't bad but I would like some more hop presence going on in a northwest IPA.Alot of ginger on the palate with mild anise flavors,they seem to overtake the leafy/citric hops but it's not in you're face or off putting.It's not bad although I would like the hops to be bigger than the spiced flavors,still I would likely buy again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Another well-made but surprising beer from Widmer. What on earth is this taste? Finally it hit me, basil! And not just any basil, but Thai basil. Plus a fist to the face when the bitter hops lash out.

I was expecting something like cloves and ginger, so it was a pleasant surprise to be so different from the usual sweet spices. Still, it's so bitter it borders on undrinkable. Even makes the food taste bitter.

On tap at South Park Abbey in San Diego. Pleasant appearance in the pint glass and well carbonated.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is tarnished golden with good clarity and thick white cream with small bead. The lace sticks ok and no carbonation is visible but retention is very good. The smell is very citrus and lime with some earthy spice which is mildly peppery with a slight woody note. The feel is very dry with moderately high carbonation and hint of astringency -(tea perhaps?) and moderately high bitterness with a gentle sweetness acting as a foundation.

The flavor is very good, both citrus zest-which is lime-like with sweet and acidic taste with tinges of juniper and mild ginger with a light woody earthy peppery taste and almost cedar-like tinge which goes well with the hops which have a bitter almost grapefruity bite that lasts long after the sip and there is a a mild peppery heat but it could be a little alchohol in the flavor augmenting the spice and hop oils. This is a spicy tasty twist on a west coast IPA, I expected a chai IPA, but more hoppy than spicy which is pleasant.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a white head. Interesting blend of citrus hops and spices. Heavy on the anise, pepper, ginger, and cinnamon. The other aromatics are there, but less so. Decent tea aroma. A hint of sweet malt in the background. The flavor has a nice hoppiness to it with mild to moderate bitterness. As with the nose, heavy anise, pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and tea. The finish is fairly bitter, which is likely augmented by some of the spices. Really interesting and different.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer appears clear and golden yellow hued with a lasting white head that leaves good lacing on the snifter. The aroma is quite unusual for sure, offering spices and cracked pepper atop a resinous hop bill. This recipe was well executed and fun to sample, but there is only so much spiced IPA I could enjoy in a session. Interesting and worth a try. A small serving is plenty.

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Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orangish copper with a thin layer of soft white head that has decent retention. The nose smells of oregano, thyme, parsley, maybe garlic, and some faint tea undertones. The flavor is tea first followed by some citrusy hops then some spices reminiscent of Italian seasoning and then finishes with some more citrus. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, a little dry and lightly carbonated.

This is an odd beer. I love the spices. They remind me of my grandmother's kitchen. The tea in this instance doesn't detract from the flavor by drying everything out though the finish is a little dry. The "IPA" aspect is simply a decent amount of citrusy hops and a light malt body. I will probably have this again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Green Growler in Croton-on Hudson, NY

Pours typical lighter almond amber, off white head, moderate fine lacing.

Spiced up nose with citrus, coriander, cloves and ginger.

Fruity, with more limes, ginger, cloves and tropical fruits on the palate.

Complex and flavorful IPA with alot more then typical spicing. Zesty and quite enjoyable, if you like your IPA on the aggressive side.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, pale, yellow-orange coloring with a thin, filmy ring of white head around the edge of the surface. Aromas are like a mix of hops and pizza/italian spices. There is a ton going on in there, including some oregano, basil, and piney/cedar notes. More, but my nostrils were tapping out at this point. Flavors are rich and spicy, with a subtle malt backbone quickly overpowered by a basil and peppery spicing that waits an instant, and then jumps all over your palate. Even the hops are a bit overpowered, lending only a bit of subtle resiny flavors. The aftertaste is clean and quickly receding, with a peppery profile lingering the longest. A filmy, slick lacing left along the glass, and it slides down the glass as you drink. The finish is clean and light, but the spicing left over hangs out for a while. Interesting, but not my thing. Would go great with italian food or pizza, that's for sure.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly orangish-yellow color with a white head. I get a ton of spice in the aroma. There is some cinnamon and clove that really come through strongly, as well as some orange notes from the hops. The flavor is very similar. The cinnamon and clove notes are once again present, with some orange and pine notes and a low amount of bitterness. There is also a decent amount of pepper in the flavor. Overall, all of these notes mix together surprisingly well and make for an enjoyable beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Widmer spiced IPA looks the part with a mix between light orange and yellow in the color with a nicely formed white cap up top with retention and minor stick. Smell is overrun with spice. The hops do show up in scent though with an earthy appeal. There is a whole lot of spice on the nose and I cant pinpoint what the exact additions are. Taste as expected is overrun with spice with an IPA backing. They kind of work together to bring something new to the table, although it's not something I want to drink a pint of, let alone a bottle to the dome. This might work well as a pairing with some lightly spicy food. The body is a step below medium with spritzy carb. I finished my glass, and did not need anymore. I believe this is my first widmer beer and while it did not knock my socks off, it also did not make me throw up, which is a win in my book.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.79/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my slim goblet.. nice off white head has good retention and lacing... the brew is clear dark golden..

Wow... NOT AN IPA! .. just sayin' Cardamom, ginger, sweet cinnamon... clove? I have a Chai a few times a year in the colder months, and this nose could fit in with a lesser Chai.

Flavor has hints of tannic qualities that I associate with black tea.. but the spices are the only big player.. not getting anything in the way of hops... floral ginger note probably knock them out.. The sweet spices accentuate a background maltiness... finish knocks off very quickly leaving pretty much only cardamom..

Seems sorta thick for an IPA ... any light ale really .. carbonation is about right but the thick body accentuates everything that I don't like... the sweet spices, methol cardamom, etc....

There are folks that REALLY like this, but they are not going to outnumber the significant disappointments where those bottles sit in their fridge until an unsuspecting coworker comes by and gets the SPICE TEA beer... "Hey, here try this... you might like it.. It is an India Pale Ale but spiced like your wife's tea." This beer could end friendships.

If Widmer brewed a bunch of this, I suspect it will sit on shelves for a long while... Bottle shops will sell 1-2 per person ... never a 6'er unless they are uniformed.


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Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


I'm ashamed it took me this long to try this beer *covers face*. Snifter.

A: Burnished yellow gold with an inch of froth. Good retention and wicked lacing.

S: The nose is bright and fresh, despite the beer being a few months old. There's a hint of black tea with a touch of cinnamon and a dash of clove. These notes blend seamlessly with vibrant orange, mango, and tangerine notes. There's a little sweet malt lying beneath. This smells really nice and unlike I expected. The tea provides nice aromatics.

T: Sweet orange and tangerine flesh with light tropical notes. The bitterness is smooth and at a moderate level with an accompanying pepper-like spiciness (faint). The tea blends with very light ginger and clove notes. Malt is lightly sweet but doesn't seem to provide much in the way of flavor. The tea gets a little stronger as the beer warms up but it combines nicely with the citrus hop notes. The finish is fruity and bitter with a subtle astringency and a dash of alcohol.

M: Lower medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, dry, and sticky.

Overall: Well done, Paul and Chris. This is enjoyable and very easy to drink. I wish I'd tried it when it was fresher, but even so, it's still nice and hoppy.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From tap to shaker pint glass at Union Jack's in Bethesda, MD on 5/27/12
*From notes

A: Clean and rich rusty amber. A .75 finger white head fades to a solid collar and decent lacing.

S: Lots of dried Italian spices. It's like opening your spice pantry, as this is right there in a big, epic way. Not getting a lot of hops here, though there are some minimal fruity esters wafting around in my nose.

T: Massive herbaceousness from top to bottom. It's overwhelming in most every way. There's a lack of balance between the hops (which take a backseat to be sure) and the basil-like qualities of the beer. It's not bad, it's just not really something I could have in large quantities.

M: Creamy, thick and really well put together. I think that, had the mouthfeel been weak, this beer would've been a massive train wreck.

O: An experience to be sure. I like seeing some of the bigger breweries taking chances like this, but I can't say that Widmer's Spiced IPA was a certifiable hit. Less herbs, more hops and I think you'd find me coming back for more, though in it's current state, I'm glad to have had only one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark yellow appearance with about a half inch of white head. Aroma was complex, tea, hops, spice rack, even some cinnamon?

This is unique, the mix of tea leaves, spice and hops, I kinda dig it. Some rosemary and sage. A little bit of citrus. More than just a neat unique idea, they pull it off in the execution. Would bang again.

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Photo of barczar
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color, surprisingly light, with a solid one finger ivory head that lingers, leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma is dominated by cinnamon and ginger, with citrus pith and grapefruit, apricot, and bready malt comprising the background.

The flavor is mostly citrus hop, grapefruit, complemented by ginger and clove, with a substantial bready malt backbone, leading to a fairly bitter, piney finish. Spruce dominates as it warms.

Body is somewhat light, with high carbonation, slight alcohol warmth, and a somewhat crisp finish.

Overall, this beer was probably a good ipa, minus the spices. It's like Christmas meets hops...and the results do not jive. Not a huge ginger fan, though.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the old Raley's which is now like a liquor warehouse in Fallon, NV. Dark gold appearance, 1/2" in head. Aroma is black tea, cinnammon and all the usual spices that accompany a beer of this style.

Flavor of hops and black tea go together nice. And the beer apparently has a good deal of punch to it, I felt the buzz after a few of them, but the alcohol was not apparent in the mouthfeel. I'm not a big fan of green nor black tea, but in both ipa's I've had with a hearty dose of each, the result was a unique and enjoyable beer. Tons of sage/sagebrush in the beer, sounds weird, but drinks nice. Still delivers a decent amount of citrus hop flavors with the tea notes.

Anyone who thinks these won't sell isn't paying attention.

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Photo of morimech
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber color with barely one finger of head that settled to a thin cap. Nice amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Do not notice anything out of the ordinary in the aroma. Smells like a straight up West Coast IPA with citrus and herbal hops.

I can definately taste the tea and spices. This is very herbal with black tea and I'm guessing Grains of Paradise. Has a peppery,herbal finish. Bitterness is moderate and no sign of alcohol. This is a bone dry IPA in the West Coast tradition. I think it all works well.

Well placed carbonation for a dry, bitter beer. Not the biggest body for a 7% ABV beer.

I prefer their O'Ryely IPA over this one but it is still a good, interesting beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy orange with white foam on top. Strong lacing. Pine & citrus grapefruit nose. Light citrus and juicy flavor with a lurking hop backbone. Like a blonde IPA. Pretty good taste, but on the lighter side. Pretty good.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep golden body with a huge foamy creamy looking white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S- Piney and citrusy hops are in the nose along with spices and a sweet sugary tea aroma. Spices have almost a dried floral quality to them.

T- Taste is a combination of tea, a malty IPA and a cheap spiced rum. Really does not work well in any way.

M- High carbonation, slight sting on the tongue, but also leaves residue in the mouth.

O- May work for people looking for twisted tea, but I did not like this one at all and should not be associated with IPAs.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack from Fred Meyer, Wilsonville $6.99 Clear,bright golden hued ale with a large thick and frothy white head. Aroma mostly spicy,sprucelike hops with a touch of pepper and leaf black tea. Taste intresting combo of the piney hop, black tea and a peppery ginger..cinnamon appears well after the sip is down the gullet. Nice pallet//loved the long lasting after tastes. I really enjoyed this one from Widmer..well done and unusual

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